NME.COM can reveal the controversial track is now known as 'Rise'...
PRIMAL SCREAM have made a dramatic u-turn and re-recorded ‘BOMB THE PENTAGON’ in the wake of September 11, NME.COM can reveal.
The track, now called ‘Rise’, has totally different lyrics and features on the band’s forthcoming album – originally titled ‘Evil Heat’ but now without a name after the band changed their minds. It’s released on July 29.
In its original form, the song, a bitter attack on US foreign policy, was premiered live just before the September 11 tragedy when terrorist hijackers crashed planes into both the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington. The band had previously been extremely vocal on this subject – their 1999 single ‘Swastika Eyes’, being an attack on US Secretary Of State Madeleine Albright.
But last week, the band’s bassist Mani said that the band had wanted to avoid politics on this record. “We’ve moved away from the politics, we got that out in our last album. This, I think, is just a celebration of life, I dunno that might sound a bit cheesy and blasé, but we’re just enjoying what we do so much now.”
Lead singer Bobby Gillespie refused to comment specifically on ‘Rise’ and why they had changed the lyrics. “There’s a song called ‘Rise’, there’s no song called ‘Bomb The Pentagon’, that’s the best way to put it.”
The Scream have been recording the follow-up to 2000’s ‘Exterminator’ for much of this year in London with Andy Weatherall and Kevin Shields. A single, ‘Miss Lucifer’, is released on July 15.